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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Friday, 7 June 2013

Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013

You Are Invited

Samothrace, viewed from the Roman Shore, Myrina, Lemnos, April 2013. Photograph Jim Claven
Inaugural Lemnos Anzac Conference

This July will see the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, in conjunction with the Municipality of Lemnos, hold its inaugural Lemnos Anzac Conference.

All those interested in better understanding and promoting the vital Lemnos link to the Gallipoli and Anzac Story are urged to attend and take part in this important conference.
The Conference will provide a unique opportunity to commemorate and discuss the historic link between Australia and Lemnos, as well as an opportunity to plan for a new era of commemorative tourism on the Island commencing in 2015.
The Conference will be held at Portianou Cultural Centre, Lemnos, Greece, from 11th to 13th July 2013.

The Conference will include presentations by important speakers, participant workshops, gala conference dinner and a special tour of Lemnos' Anzac trail.

This is an important initiative that will bring together academics, government representatives, community organsations and interested individuals to discuss and promote the historic link between Lemnos, Gallipoli and the Anzacs, and to help plan and discuss preparations for the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.
Addresses will be made by international specialists on the Lemnos and Gallipoli link. The Conference will also discuss how to best promote Lemnos’ link to Gallipoli and Anzacs in the context of the coming Centenary of Anzac in 2015.

International guest speakers will include Australia’s Dr John Yiannakis, who recently addressed the issue of Lemnos at Melbourne’s Antipodes Festival and Dr Haluk Oral, celebrated author on Gallipoli from Istanbul University. The Hon John Pandazopoulos, MP, former Victorian Tourism Minister and President of the World Hellenic InterParliamentary Association, will address the Conference on how Lemnos can develop its unique cultural tourism links with Australia.

The Conference will also include a tour of the key Anzac sites on Lemnos, led by Conference Organiser and Anzac historian, Mr Jim Claven.

Lemnos was the key base for the Anzac campaign, where the Anzacs left from, where they rested and recovered, where the Australian nurses cared for the injured and where the Anzacs were helped by and helped the local Lemnians.

As well as being a base for Australia’s 50,000 soldiers and sailors and 130 nurses, over 140 Australians remain in Lemnos’ war graves. The letters, diaries and photographs left behind record the beginnings of Australia’s link to Greece.

To register your intention to attend the Conference, please email Jim Claven, Secretary, Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee – To book and finalise payment for the Conference, downland and complete the Booking Forms below and send to

For information on this important Conference, downland our Conference information bulletins:

Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013 Registration and Booking Details
Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013 Speakers
Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013 Tour
Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013 Booking Forms
Lemnos Anzac Conference 2013 Media Release

Portianou Military Cemetery, Lemnos, April 2013. Photograph Jim Claven
Nurses of the 3rd Australian General Hospital arrive at Lemnos 1915. AWM image reference A04118

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